I teach in a Title 1 school in the inner city. Although many of the children have experienced personal struggle and poverty, they still come to school with a positive attitude and a belief that they are responsible for their learning and their success. While the students' ability levels vary, they are all eager to increase their skills in reading, math, and science.
My third graders have become a community of learners.
They participate cooperatively in lessons in order to move their learning forward. I enjoy listening in on their conversations as they solve problems and prove answers. The discussions can become quite lively as the teammates learn from each other!
I am in the process of updating my literacy center. I am fortunate to have a print-rich classroom. However, there are still some important educational and organizational materials that would greatly improve my center.
A literacy center will help my students grow into thoughtful readers and writers by providing them with materials that are interesting and inviting.
A good literacy center is well-organized and has activities that are at the "just right" level for each student. It also provides students the opportunity to work independently or with small groups of peers.
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